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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will be hosting the third-annual Sabres UnPucked event, presented by Bully Hill Vineyards on Saturday, Jan. 23 at (716) Food and Sport from 7 to 10:30 p.m. All proceeds from Sabres UnPucked will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Tickets for the event are $100 and include access to an exclusive evening with the Buffalo Sabres team, highlighted by a private performance from chart-topping singer/songwriter and Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini. Pilling on the accolades, Ballerini is being honored by Billboard with the 2015 “Rising Star” award during the prestigious Women in Music event this week in New York City and has also been named the Top New Country Artist in Billboard’s 2015 Year In Country list.

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will take over the music duties as guest DJ following Ballerini’s performance. The ticket also includes food, an open bar and parking. Sabres UnPucked will feature live and silent auctions of unique sports and entertainment experiences and memorabilia.

The event is presented by Bully Hill Vineyards and proudly supported by Gold Ring Partners BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, First Niagara Bank, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Fallsview Casino Resort and Labatt. Season ticket holders can purchase tickets with a special offer on Friday, Dec. 11. Sales will be open to the general public on Monday, Dec. 14 and tickets can be purchased online or by calling Nick Fearby at (716) 855-4452.


Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with the release of her #1, GOLD-certified debut "Love Me Like You Mean It" and Top 15-and-climbing hit “Dibs.” Abuzz with shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, she is the first solo female artist in nine years to hit #1 with her debut country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.

Scoring a number of recent high-profile media appearances, the talented singer/songwriter has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.

Co-produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, THE FIRST TIME landed Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and released to rave reviews with Billboard acclaiming, “Her frankness and honesty are rooted in country’s long tradition of storytelling, a tradition that she deftly adapts to both 21st century and timeless concerns.”

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is a New York State not-for-profit corporation, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualified as a public charity. The Buffalo Sabres Foundation was established in 1995 and reinvigorated in 2011 following the acquisition of the Buffalo Sabres by Terry and Kim Pegula.

Buffalo Sabres Foundation Mission Statement:

Stimulate, support and encourage organizations that serve Western New York which are committed to youth hockey initiatives; the health, wellness and education of underprivileged /disadvantaged youth and military personnel; and physically and mentally challenged athlete, by providing financial generosity and other platforms for their endeavors. Through such support these organizations will realize their highest potential, thereby allowing their members to gain the confidence and integrity necessary to succeed in life.


Black River Entertainment is home to country music entertainers Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Kelsea Ballerini, John King and comedy duo Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots.

Part of the Pegula Sports and Entertainment family (Including: NFL’s Buffalo Bills, NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, AHL’s The Rochester Americans, NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, HARBORCENTER, First Niagara Center, IMPACT Sports Performance), Black River Entertainment also owns and operates the premiere recording studios Sound Stage and Ronnie's Place, as well as Black River Records, Passport Records, M2T Records, Black River Publishing and Thrive Management.

For more information about Black River Entertainment, please visit

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